President Makarios of Cyprus arrived in Egypt on Monday (16 June), seeking support for the Greek-Cypriot cause.
President Makarios of Cyprus arrived in Egypt on Monday (16 June), seeking support for the Greek-Cypriot cause. The Archbishop met President Sadat at his country resort in Alexandria.
President Makarios' four-day visit to Egypt is part of a 18-day tour of Arab countries aimed at rallying support against Turkey's invasion of the island. The two leaders were also scheduled to have discussions on bilateral issues and more formal talks on wider regional problems.
While Arab countries have generally supported Archbishop Makarios, leader of the majority Greek-Cypriots, long-time President of the Republic and a follower of the non-aligned nations' cause, the situation in Cyprus poses an embarrassing problem.
The minority Turkish-Cypriots, who with the backing of the Turkish army now control about 40 per cent of the island in the north, are mainly Moslem like most of the Arabs.
But when President Makarios was ousted in the short-lived coup by the Greek National Guard, which sparked off the Turkish invasion of the island in July last year, President Sadat backed the Archbishop
SYNOPSIS: In the Egyptian city of Alexandria, Cypriot president Makarios has begun a tour seeking Arab support. The Archbishop arrived there on Monday for a four-day visit involving long talks with Egyptian President Sadat. It is part of a longer tour of Arab countries rallying support for the Greek-Cypriot cause. President Sadat has supported the Archbishop since he was ousted for a short time from Cyprus last year at the time of the Turkish invasion.
The two leaders were also scheduled to have discussions on bilateral issues and problems in the Middle East. To the Arabs, Cyprus is not only close geographically, it is also a staunch follower of the non-aligned principles to which most Arab States subscribe. President Makarios has already made an extended tour of the Gulf States this year.
The Archbishop was a guest at the President's summer resort in Alexandria. Although the Greek-Cypriot cause has Arab support, the situation has posed an embarrassing problem. The minority Turkish-Cypriots are mainly Moslem, like most Arabs.